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Remember those wonderful days at grandma’s house and the sturdy, somewhat shabby rattan chairs she had? The living room set with lumpy foam, flower-patterned cushions facing the old box TV?
The lucky ones would have had a rattan rocking horse to fight over with their cousins.
Wicker – made by weaving fibres such as raffia, bamboo, and rattan together – is an ancient and versatile craft used in making many household items.
Think baskets, containers and all sorts of furniture – bed frames, tables and chairs.
Rattan is the most commonly used material for wicker furniture, which is beautiful, comfortable and timeless because of the following reasons.
Rattan, when treated and cared for properly, is durable. With proper preservation, rattan furniture is weatherproof, although it should be protected from excessive moisture or dryness.
Cleaning, polishing and treating rattan furniture with lacquer will also make it last longer.
Rattan is lighter and more airy than wooden furniture. This not only makes it more comfortable, but also relatively safer and more convenient to move around.
The durability and lightness of rattan makes it a good option for children’s or infant’s furniture.
Rattan is flexible and can be woven into many styles and designs. It can be made into almost any type of furniture, from chairs, settees and tables to cribs and bassinets.
Teak and rosewood look regal, but are not the most comfortable to sit on without a cushion.
Rattan, on the other hand, is naturally soft, pliable, and comfortable. Rattan furniture is airy, so it is generally cooler and more comfortable in the hot weather.
Rattan is easily cultivated, although most is harvested wild from the jungle.
It grows very quickly and abundantly and harvesting does not cause a lot of damage or disruption to the natural ecosystem.
This makes natural rattan a relatively eco-friendly and sustainable material.
Casual, rustic, yet stylish, rattan has a unique look that works in almost any space and with any design – from the modern rustic look that favours natural materials and textures to the minimalist, light style for comfort and utility.
Rattan furniture can easily fit into any home, both inside and out.
This article first appeared in kaodim.com
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